What Keeps Goldman Up At Night About 2017

With 2016 still fresh in most investors’ minds, and questions about 2017 pressing, here is a summary, courtesy of Goldman’s Allison Nathan, of where Goldman believes we closed out 2016, what is in store in the coming year, and ultimately, “what keeps Goldman up at night” about 2017.
2016, and a peek at 2017
2016 was chock-full of surprises, both in markets and in politics. Ironically, though, 9 of the 12 themes we thought *might* be Top of Mind in 2016 effectively made it into our reports this year (our highest batting average yet!). We continue our year-end tradition of taking stock of our 2016 themes, updating/revisiting our favorite graphics for each issue, and highlighting what to look for in 2017.
The year began with a perfect storm of worries that had become all too familiar already in 2015. Oil prices plunged and fears of faltering growth and a sharp depreciation of China’s currency escalated, driving disruptive sell-offs in credit and other risk assets. Confidence in global growth faltered, particularly after an anemic US GDP report for Q1.
But oh, how the world has changed. Today, the price of crude oil is almost exactly double its January low in the wake of announced production cuts by OPEC and key non-OPEC producers (Russia). We expect WTI oil prices to move higher to a peak of $57.50/bbl in 1H17 as the cuts push the oil market into deficit and whittle down the current large inventory surplus. But we also expect shale producers to respond to the higher prices, implying limited upside from there.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 2, 2017.